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wasp nest? - Dolichovespula maculata

wasp nest? - Dolichovespula maculata
Brimfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA
March 23, 2008
Size: football or larger
I am trying to find out if this is a wasp nest or do bees make hives like this.

yes,
most likely is D. maculata, the bald faced hornet.

 
bald faced hornet
bald faced hornet it is! they were all over our deck and porch this summer. I had to stain the wood in order to get them away from the house as they bombed my wife and I. unless anyone would like to collect this nest for a collection, I will get rid of it before the weather gets warm

 
nest
If you still have this nest and it is in good condition i would love to have it. if you get any more please keep me in mind

 
"before the weather gets warm"
The nest will not be reused, if you are concerned about that.
Terry Prouty has an extensive nest collection, but he may only be looking for exceptionally large ones at this point.

 
nest not reused
sorry to say I have no knowledge on this. so this nest is empty and if so where do the wasps go durring the winter?

 
nest not reused
At the end of the summer/fall the colony breaks up and everybody dies except for a few mated females, the new queens. They hibernate under bark and in other crevices, and in the spring each starts a new nest.
It is true, though, that when you get far enough south that winter doesn't really happen, there are perennial hornet nests that just keep growing and growing.

 
thank you to all who answered
thank you to all who answered this!almost forgot my manners.

hornet nest
I think the options would be aerial yellowjacket (Dolichovespula arenaria) or bald-faced hornet (D. maculata). There are no bees that make nests like this.

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